Food Network Staffers' Go-To Game Day Recipes
We're big fans of everything buffalo chicken.
When it comes to game day, we're really only interested in one thing — the food. Sure — football, halftime shows and epic commercials are great and all, but they pale in comparison to the dips, chips and snacks. These are the dishes that complete our party tables during the big game:
Instagram-worthy rainbow nachos. (pictured above)
Our epic Six-Foot Nachos recipe is crazy-big for a crowd and has something for everyone — veggie lovers and meat lovers alike. You spread out chips on a looong strip of parchment and then dress them with six different toppings in the colors of the rainbow (avo and cilantro, chorizo and bell peppers, you get the picture). Needless to say, it’s custom-made for Instagram. Plus, it’s totally delicious. I call that a definite win-win.
— Lygeia Grace, Director, Culinary Editorial
Super-chewy (and kid-friendly!) pretzels.
We never go anywhere on game day, because, hel-lo, it's a school night. But lounging at home with lots of snacks is pretty much the best thing ever, so I consider it a win-win. I'm really looking forward to making Alton's Homemade Soft Pretzels this year. I know my kids will love forming their own doughy creations, and the finished pretzels will be chewy and amazing no matter the shape!
— Meghan Hynes Cole, Associate Editor
The perfect slice-and-serve sandwich.
Invented by Central Grocery & Deli in New Orleans, muffuletta is the perfect sandwich (in my opinion) — soft and chewy bread, meat, cheese and tangy relish. It’s extra perfect for the big game since it needs to be made in advance — all you have to do is slice and serve.
— Leah Brickley, Senior Editor, Culinary
Buffalo chicken brie — yeah, we went there.
One of my favorite recipes to make for the Big Game (or any football game for that matter) is Buffalo Chicken Brie, a recipe I developed for our 50 Tailgating Snacks story! Buffalo chicken dip is a popular recipe, so we wanted to give this dish a fun twist and warm brie seemed like a great fit. I love this recipe because the melty brie, spicy buffalo chicken and creamy blue cheese is a winning combination fit for a crowd. Plus, it easily cooks on the grill in little to no time.
— Amanda Neal, Recipe Tester, Food Network Magazine
The classic buffalo chicken dip.
Can you really have a party for the biggest football game of the year without Buffalo Chicken Dip? This one is about as easy as it gets and tastes amazing. I mix it up the night before and then just pop the dish into the oven right before kickoff. It’s basically a requirement for the Big Game at the Brady house. My brother could eat the whole bowl by himself!
— T.K. Brady, Digital Editor
And even more buffalo chicken dip.
Honestly, I’m at any game-day celebration *just* for the snacks. Buffalo Chicken Dip will never get old to me!
— Gabriela Rodiles, Social Media Specialist
10-minute hot corn dip — made with (shhh) canned corn.
This hot corn dip is one of those dishes that everyone eats to the last bite and begs for the recipe after the fact. I’m always hesitant to share because it’s too easy — a few canned goods and 10 minutes to prep are all you need — but it’s a winner every time and the perfect complement to wings and all of the other good stuff in your game-day spread.
— Julie Hines, Manager of Digital Programming